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Brikk™ Launches Solid Gold and Platinum Cases for iPhone 5

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This case may not be as expensive as the world's most expensive case (which is british by the way) but it is still something pretty unique. 

Brikk, design and branding pioneers, announced the launch of their product line of high-end, pure gold and platinum cases for the iPhone 5. Yes, not plated with gold, pure gold. Called the Haven™, the collection launches with three models crafted from gold and one model from platinum for the luxury market. The Haven is available in solid pink gold, yellow gold or platinum and ranges from $11,610-14,235 (£7,671-9,405). Each Haven sold will fund one metric ton of rice distributed by various NGOs.
The Haven is handmade by some of the most skilled artisans in the world. As it is made of solid gold or platinum its color and finish does not wear-off as with other plated cases and iPhones on the market. Each gold model features over 75 grams of gold; the platinum model features over 100 grams of platinum. Customized versions with diamonds and other pr…

Bag O’Nails, A New Private Members’ Club in London

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If you are one of those that believes everything was better a few decades ago, this is the perfect event for you. The meeting of the old and new, bringing back one of the best clubs in London.
Bag O’Nails was one of the hotspots in London’s 60s music scene, and after some love and attention, the private members’ club will re-open on 1 March 2013, hoping to create new incredible musical moments.
Bag O’Nails is located on the Regent Street border of Soho and will offer live entertainment and performances including jazz, soul, funk and blues. With a high-end dining experience, premium cognacs and whiskeys, an excellent range of wines and cocktails and flexible dining spaces, Bag O’Nails adds to London’s elite private members’ club scene along with a unique space for private events and private dining.
Head of the Bag O’Nails team, Giovanni Baldino, previously ran the front of house at Ristorante Semplice and Locanda Locatelli, where he first met Bag O’Nails’ Head Chef Loris Bevilaqua and bar…

Your personalized Burberry directly from the runway

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Don't like to go out and see someone else with a bag exactly like yours? Nobody likes. But british brand Burberry is proposing an innovative new way to do business, rolling out a new ‘Runway Made to Order’ service during the current London Fashion Week.
Traditionally the collections are shown to buyers and journalists at shows and private presentations around six months before they hit the store, like the Spring 2013 styles that were shown off last September are only just hitting physical stores now.
Burberry is aiming to leverage its enormous social media influence and online fan base to cut out the middle man, offering the brand’s biggest fans the chance to pre-order their own personalized versions of the latest Autumn-Winter 2013 styles.
This season all the bags and outerwear shown in the Burberry runway presentation Monday are currently available to pre-order now online.
According to the brand “each piece is made to order for you” and customers are also given the option to persona…

Whose Wine is it Anyway at Le Cafe Anglais in Bayswater

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Is it a game? Is it a wine tasting? It actually is a fun twist on a wine tasting night:  Five wines to taste with matching antipasti starters, a knockout wine quiz, and the option to stay on for dinner with your own BYOB wine.

Le Café Anglais already creates the experience of exciting new pleasures and forgotten tastes of days gone by in an elegant, stylish setting. And now puts together their strengh, the drinks, with a memorable meal and a challenge for the wine lovers. 
The event in the host's words: "Rowley Leigh and WineChap, Tom Harrow, are joining forces once again for a series of the ultimate in entertaining wine nights with a twist. Following on from the success of Vin v Vino in 2012, the new year brings ‘Whose wine is it anyway?’ where oenophiles and novices alike can pit their knowledge against WineChap and Rowley in this fun take on a traditional wine-tasting. Attendees will be served a series of five wines, with matched antipasti, before their wine knowledge is put t…

Vertu Ti - luxury phone handmade in Britain

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With just a little over 320.000 clients worldwide, Vertu is definitely not for the mass market. And their latest product launch just reaffirms that this phone is a technology for few. 
With virtually scratchproof sapphire crystal screen for flawless optical quality (unless you carry a diamont in your pocket, it will not get scratched), lightweight titanium casing for strength without compromise, and symphonic sound tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen and with musical punctuation from the London Symphony Orchestra, here’s the brand-new Vertu Ti: handmade in England and powered by Android. 
With a price tag of $10,569 (£6,994), this super-expensive communication device is notably the very first Android-powered smartphone from the house of Vertu, the British luxury handset manufacturer, that until last year was owned by Nokia and designed for the Symbian operating system.

Each device is assembled by hand. The name and signature of the person who assembled the phone is laser inscr…

One-night-only: Portuguese cuisine in London

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When somebody starts talking about the European cuisine, people think about the french elaborate dishes, the rustic (and delicious) italian pizzas, the spanish paellas or the huge german words with "pork" in the middle. And what about Portugal? Ah Portugal... The forgotten jewel of Europe. Everybody remembers their battles for colonies, their football player... and yet, nobody mentions the amazing portuguese cuisine! 
Not exactly in the center of London but still a lot closer than Portugal itself, The Portuguese Conspiracy Supperclub is a new supper club.  They're hosting their first event on 28th February at L'Atelier Dalston in N16.  Full menu is shown here; it's £40 for 5 courses with a selection of Portuguese wines.

The event in the host words: "The shared love for good food and wine has brought us together to conspire with a clear and precise intent: to contaminate London with the richness of an amazing and vibrant Portuguese contemporary culture. Food, A…

London's most romantic restaurants

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Valentine's Day is coming. And although London is not known as the city of lovers, like Paris or Verone, is does have great options for you and your loved one to have an amazing, and of course romantic, experience. 
Here is a list of the most romantic restaurants in London. Good for Valentine's Day or any other day.
Clos Maggiore, Convent Garden WC2

Often described as an oasis in the heart of Covent Garden, thought by many to be the most romantic restaurant in London, and revered for its acclaimed wine list, Clos Maggiore, with its muted lighting and open log fire, epitomises the ethos of a romantic restaurant for some.

Club Gascon, Clerkenwell, EC1
Club Gascon is the Michelin starred jewel in Pascal Aussignac’s mini Empire including Le Cercle and a few other Gascon incarnations. Situated near Smithfield Market, Club Gascon highlights the cuisine of south west France, with a large focus on foie gras, and is great for grown-up romance.
Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch
Galvin La Chapelle…

Burberry wishes China a Happy New Year

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British luxury brand Burberry has released a new video wishing fans Happy New Year in Chinese alongside a line of special red products.
The limited edition line in different shades of red includes the Blaze Bag, one of the highlights of the 2013 Spring summer collection. Other leather goods and scarves also feature.


From Feb. 10, Burberry will also be celebrating Chinese New Year across all digital platforms and on the Chinese social networks Sina Weibo, YouKu and Douban.
The new products are available on Burberry.com, which now has a dedicated ‘Chinese New Year Gifts’ section, and will appear in Burberry stores alongside traditional lucky red envelopes which will be given out to customers.
Burberry is not the only luxury brand paying tribute to the new year. Mercedes-Benz has recently released a limited edition of its Smart Car model, with a special release of 666 vehicles costing 128,888 yuan ($20,700) each.
The cars all feature a snake-shaped logo created by Chinese jewelry designer Wan…

Hermès limited-edition scarves from Comme des Garçons

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The Hermès scarves are on the wishlist of all women who define theirselves as stylish. And when it comes together with the words "limited-edition", this fashion item goes straight to the top of the lists. 

Hermès International has revealed a glimpse of its collaboration with creative legend Rei Kawakubo on limited-edition silk carré scarves.
Announced late last year, the first collection features five scarves and is called ”Black & White”. Comme des Garçons has removed the color from the patterns, allowing the prints to drift towards the abstract. The second collection, Couleur, features six colorful scarves also including geometric elements like giant patchwork, gingham and shirt stripes. The “Noir et Blanc” editions will be priced at 380 euros, while the “Couleur” iterations will go for as much as 1600 euros.
Available exclusively from February 6 in Comme des Garçons shops (Aoyama-Tokyo, New York, Paris), from April 1 the Black and White collection will also go on sale on…